"The secret to getting ahead is getting started".
- Mark Twain, author
January 1st heralded the beginning of a brand new year and a new beginning where we turned from what was and prepared to lean into what could be. There will be many who reflected on 2017 and immediately put it behind them as yet another year of dreams unfulfilled and goals not realised. There are others who basked in the success of a spectacular year breathing in the heady scent of achievement wrapped in an aura of fame, gain and accomplishment.
Which one are you?
New year’s eve has come and gone and, if the Huffington Post is to be believed, 92% of new year’s resolutions will already have fallen by the wayside.
That doesn’t mean you can’t hit the reset button and still fulfil the promise to yourself that 2018 will be different. And it can be when you unleash the power of goal setting to help make this Year your best year.
What will make 2018 outstanding for you?
Deciding what it is you actually want can be the hardest part of goal setting simply because we let the ‘hows’ get in the way of the ‘whats’. Too often we can’t see how something can be achieved so we put what we want to one side as being unachievable.
To get clear on what you want, imagine for a moment that you have in your possession, a magic wand. If you were to wave a magic wand and everything was exactly as you want it to be on 31st December 2018, how would it be? What would you be seeing, hearing, feeling, experiencing in your perfect world?
What will it take for your life to be fearlessly easier, better and more fulfilling?
Write this down in as much detail as possible. This is your plan for 2018.
To enjoy a balanced approach to life, experiencing success across the board, set goals in all areas of your life; three goals per area is ideal although there is no limit, set as many as works for you.
Key life areas:
4. Health and Well-being
6. Personal Growth
7. Home Environment
8. Community Contribution
Meaningful goals are SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
The more specific you are with your goals the greater the chance you will achieve your desired outcomes. For example, a goal to have more money is too vague. If I hand you $5, you now have more money. Was that what you wanted? No? Having an additional $25K in your bank account tomorrow may be measurable but not perhaps achievable or realistic. The more clearly defined the goal, the better.
Specific: What it is you want? Why it is important? Why do you want it? Is anyone else involved and if so, who? What requirements and constraints, if any, apply?
Measurable: How will you know when you have achieved it?
Actions: What are the steps required to achieve your goal? Make the steps small and easy.
Realistic: What will you need to do/learn/find out to achieve each step? Is your goal aligned with where you are headed in life?
Timely: When? Set a deadline for the completion of your goal and to celebrate. This will keep you motivated and moving.
It’s very liberating to make the decision to live life on your terms, take charge of your direction and step boldly forward to make your life whatever you want it to be.
If you want to do something different in 2018, then make it this. Decide what you want, set the goals to get you there and then take massive action.